Residents of Iceland are advised not to travel to risk areas without vaccination. All countries except for Greenland are currently defined as risk areas due to COVID-19. In the event travel abroad is considered necessary, many countries require a negative COVID-19 test. For some destinations, a PCR test is required, while for others, a rapid antigen test is sufficient.
Residents of Iceland are advised to avoid all unnecessary travel to certain African countries. The advise is valid for all residents, regardless of their vaccination status or prior COVID-19 infection.
Please note that a positive result from testing always leads to isolation and further investigation. This includes individuals who have been vaccinated and those with a previous infection.
COVID-19 rapid antigen tests are available at:
The Healthcare Centre on Suðurlandsbraut 34 Reykjavík
Results are available in 15–45 minutes. You pay for your test as soon as you have booked your appointment.
If you are going to travel abroad and need a negative PCR test, you must schedule a test with enough notice in order to get the certificate in time for the trip. Testing and certificates on paper are paid for separately, as this is not part of the infection prevention measures.
Within the Greater Reykjavík Area: You register and pay electronically, and the certificates are sent electronically by e-mail. If you need a certificate on paper with an original stamp, please contact the healthcare centre and pay separately for the certificate there.
Outside the Greater Reykjavík Area: Please note that each district decides whether departure testing is offered at healthcare centres and where. If needed, you must contact the healthcare center that handles arrival testing for travelers.
You must state when the trip is planned so that the timing of the testing can be organised.
The type of certificate required must be specified.
You can obtain a certificate in Icelandic or English and have it sent electronically to Heilsuvera or pick up a printed certificate at the healthcare centre.
Payments are processed when testing is ordered.
Testing for asymptomatic individuals for travel purposes is handled by the healthcare centre and takes place on Suðurlandsbraut 34, ground floor, and as the case may be, at healthcare centres in rural areas.
Prospective travellers receive bar codes on their mobile phones, as well as the time of testing.
In order to be able to follow the infection prevention rules at the testing site, it is recommended to arrive at the specified time.
Everyone who is tested at the healthcare centre receives an automatic answer on My Pages in Heilsuvera.
Those who require departure testing pay for testing and certificates. These are individuals who do not have symptoms that can indicate COVID-19 and need testing for reasons other than for infection prevention measures within Iceland.
In addition to PCR tests, the Healthcare Centre on Suðurlandsbraut, Öryggismiðstöðin and COVIDTEST.IS offer so-called COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, which give a result in 15 minutes. It is still important to check the requirements of the country to be visited regarding the choice of test. Please note that there are also other private parties that offer such testing outside the public health system, at least in Reykjavík and in Akureyri, with the approval of the Ministry of Health.
Those who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 and have a certificate to that effect can travel between countries without having to go into quarantine when they arrive in Iceland. Please note that the vaccination certificate will not be valid at the border until two weeks after the full vaccination (1 dose of the Janssen vaccine but otherwise after the second dose). However, it varies what rules apply at the borders of other countries. The vaccination certificate is available on My Pages at heilsuvera.is one week after the full vaccination has been completed. The vaccination certificate states that it is not a travel identity document (i.e. not a passport), but the certificates are valid as confirmation of vaccination during surveillance inspection due to infection prevention measures, whether at the border or elsewhere.
Guidelines for Icelanders travelling abroad have been published. These provide information on the use of protective masks, infection prevention measures that everyone must employ, not least overseas, and what must be done when returning back home.
It is extremely important to avoid travel if you have any symptoms of infection. If travelling, it is important to find out what rules apply in the country to which you are travelling by examining the travel advice of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Upon returning to Iceland, it is possible to show both a certificate of confirmed COVID-19 infection from Iceland, a certificate of vaccination in Iceland and comparable certificates according to the instructions of the Chief Epidemiologist.
Icelanders who have problems returning home, e.g. due to travel restrictions, can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ civil service by e-mail at email@example.com or on Facebook. Inquiries are answered during office hours.
In an emergency, the civil service emergency number is open 24 hours a day.
The relevant information on the rights of travellers as regards to COVID-19 may be found on the website of Ferðamálastofa.
It is important to know what rules are in effect at any given time as regards to defined infection risk areas and the rules that apply to travelling across borders.
The list of countries defined as risk areas is regularly revised.
Icelandic residents are advised to avoid travelling to risk areas without vaccination.